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Serena Lin
Serena Lin is a senior, currently studying English and hoping to attend medical school after college. Her column focuses on relationships of all kinds and explores various perspectives when interacting with different groups of people.

Why graduate school applications feel so different

Senior year brings a lot of new things into the mix: honors theses, job applications and graduate school applications to name a few. These all tie back to the impending sense of confusion of what the next year might hold. In many ways it bears similarity to senior year of high school, but I’ve already…

On acne and insecurity

“What part of your body would you change if you could?” my friend asked during one of our discussions about beauty. My answer immediately came to mind, given the amount of times my mom had told me: Serena, you look pretty good now; this is the last thing you have to try to fix. I have had the…

Breaking up with my phone

My first day back home for spring break, my phone decided to surprise me. For unknown reasons, it would not turn on and remained stuck, flashing the words “Samsung Galaxy Note 4” and not loading the home screen. As an extremely anxious person, I had to solve this problem immediately, knowing that I would be meeting my…

Don’t just share open letters online, write a closed one yourself

Personally, I love making and receiving special notes. After a long day, it felt nice to be excited about something and reminded me of my love for small surprises with personal touches. In fact, these tend to put me in awe even more than typical birthday presents and holiday cards. Their unexpectedness swings in their favor and the hustle and bustle of celebrations don’t get in the way of appreciating them.

Friends with technology

In order to better build the reading experience, the writer suggests listening to “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s while reading. As I scroll down Facebook or Instagram, I feel a sense of comfort that I cannot seem to let go of. In just a few minutes, I can see the emotional distress of…

Love beyond the tangible

In order to better build the reading experience, the writer suggests listening to “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele while reading. I consistently tell my friends, “If a boy tells you he loves you, and if you don’t feel the same way, just say thank you.” The younger, middle-school me would have scoffed at…
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